Newton, Mass. – Lasell College used a 70th minute goal from junior Conor Fitzgerald (Marshfield, Mass.) to register a 1-0 non-conference men's soccer victory over visiting Clark University on Tuesday afternoon at Taylor Field.
With the win, Lasell upped its record to 4-3 overall, while the visiting Cougars slid to 3-6.
Yousef Shahin (Bridgeport, Conn.) forced Lasers' goalkeeper Miguel Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) into a save in just the 2nd minute of the match, but the early chance from the Cougars woke the hosts up as Lasell quickly gained control of the possession battle and forced Clark to defend for large stretches of play.
Despite controlling possession and holding an edge in shots for a large portion of the half, Lasell was unable to create a scoring chance, and Colmenares had to make a save late in the first half to keep the score level at 0-0 at the break.
Play opened up early in the second half as both sides created early chances. Colmenares stopped a Kyle Russo (Westford, Mass.) effort in the 49th minute, while Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) saved three Lasell shots in the first eight minutes of the half.
A Lasell long ball was headed back by a Clark midfielder and after Fitzgerald got a foot on it the junior forward outmaneuvered a Cougar defender to create space at the top of the 18-yard box then tucked a brilliant strike just under the bar and beyond Maguire's reach to put Lasell on top and eventually send the hosts to victory.
Clark will host the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday September 27th at 1:00 p.m.